Be'chol Lashon Newsletter: June 2012
Welcome! Please Check Your Identity At The Door
One can appreciate the desire for racial neutrality, it speaks to a vision of a world where the color of one’s skin does not matter. But, as a Black Jewish woman in America, I know this to be wishful thinking.
1 in 4 New York Jewish Households Identify as
Non-White or Sephardic
There is a buzz surrounding the results of the newest New York Jewish Federation population study, and for good reason. The study reveals that 12 percent of New York Jewish households are "non-white" and 13 percent are Sephardic for a total of — with some overlap — an impressive 25 percent of the Jewish population of America's most Jewish city.
Multiracial Jews Moving Beyond Isolation
Now 12 percent of the community, racially diverse Jewish households making their way into mainstream — but still less ‘engaged’ than others. “To call everyone ‘Jews of color’ is really a disservice because there’s so much variation,” said Diane Tobin.
Are All Jews White? The Woody Allen Syndrome
A version of the childhood game telephone played out over the weekend, albeit unintentionally, when reports came out of a new policy instituted by the City University of New York (CUNY) to augment their racial categorization by adding a White/Jewish category for faculty applicants.
Space still available! Camp Be'chol Lashon
Camp Be'chol Lashon is a new overnight Jewish camp for children who want to be part of a global Jewish community.
Minority Births Are New Majority
For the first time in U.S. history, whites of European ancestry account for less than half of newborn children, marking a demographic tipping point that is already changing the nation's politics, economy and workforce.
New wave of immigrants — a new target too?
It's official! A new study by the Pew Research Center proves the old trope true: Asians are the new Jews.
The 'Kosher Burrito' Can Get Messy
Latinos and Jews are increasingly seen as new partners within the American political story. And yet, the two communities are at very different points in their communal development.
Always a Jew, always an Olivia
Last year Carolivia Herron was awarded the Be’chol Lashon Media Award for her contribution to children’s literature. “Carolivia successfully captures many aspects of her black Jewish experience. She is deeply rooted in her history and her Judaism as reflected in her autobiographical ‘Always an Olivia,’” said Diane Tobin.
A Jewish-Asian Couple’s Union Leads to a Scholarly Interest in Intermarriage
The Jewish-Asian love affair, as the research by Ms. Kim, 39, and Mr. Leavitt, 42, indicates, is built on a deep sense of shared commitment to “tight-knit families, hard work, and educational advancement,” as they wrote in the journal Contemporary Judaism.
Ordination Address by Cantor Angela Warnick Buchdahl
Forty years ago, in 1972, only one month after Sally Priesand was ordained, across the world in South Korea, I was born, to a Jewish father and a Korean Buddhist mother.
Moroccan king’s adviser promotes Arab-Jewish amity
Andre Azoulay is a bridge builder par excellence. For years now, he has devoted himself to building coexistence and understanding between the Arab world and Diaspora Jewish communities and fostering dialogue between Islam and western societies.
Tunisian Jews Seek Place in New Order
A year and a half after the ouster of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the president of the Tunisian Jewish community is wistful for the one-party government that ruled the country for decades.
China holds its first Limmud
Jews living in Asia gathered near the Great Wall of China for the first-ever Limmud event in the world's most populous nation. Sunday's program, run by Limmud International, drew nearly 100 Jews from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Mumbai, the Philippines, Japan, Singapore, Israel, Britain and the United States.
Q&A: Julian Voloj on Photographing New York
Only in New York would the German-born son of Colombian immigrants land a career retrospective of Jewish-themed photos at his homeland’s consulate.
Harissa: The North African Jewish Hot
Most people think Jewish food is quite tame in the spice department, but not so! This fiery condiment is a testament the diversity of Jewish culinary roots, and our love of flavor. If you’ve ever asked for your falafel “spicy” — then you, too, have had harissa.
Book Review: "Shalom India Housing Society" by Esther David
The tales of a small Amdavadi community - largely obscured by the vast patchwork of India's infinite ethnicities - are being relished by the French bookdom.
The Minorities Standup
Watch Edwin Li & Samson Koletkar take shots at the absurdities that they experience in America as they try to voice the opinions and views of the minorities through humor.
A Garden Party Celebrating BCC’S 40th Anniversary!
Join Beth Chayim Chadashim as they celebrate this historic moment, the world’s first LGBT Synagogue is turning 40! No cost to attend, but RSVP by July 18 is required.
Y-Love, the “premier Orthodox Jewish entity in hip hop” has a new documentary painting a poignant portrait of a perennial outsider: a Black, Jewish, gay orphan searching for a home.
400 Miles to Freedom
In his new film, 400 Miles to Freedom, director Avishai Mekonen breaks his 20-year silence about the kidnapping he endured as a child in Sudan during his community’s exodus out of Africa.
Be'chol Lashon Washington, DC Discussion Groups
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